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WILLOW WEAVING WORKSHOPS AT THE OLD BREWERY STUDIOS 2020

In August 2019 we moved into The Old Brewery Studios, a beautiful new workshop situated in the heart of our village. Kirk and I now have a fantastic space in which to work on our commissions as well as to teach from. The natural light is wonderful, and we are surrounded by fantastic architecture and gardens.  On sale we have baskets and sculpture, basketry books and tools.

As you are all aware 2020 has been a most challenging year resulting in the cancellation of four months of workshops during lockdown. We would like to say a huge thank you to students who patiently waited for us to re-open and supported us throughout this time . Many of you are still waiting to return and we look forward to weaving with you again in 2021.

Throughout 2021 we will be providing one , two and three day basketry and sculpture workshops. We offer a Tuesday class, held once a month for those of you wishing to work on projects of your choice and develop your practice. We have invited excellent new tutors to the workshop for the first time and plan for this to be an exciting new addition to our yearly programme. Unfortunately we are no longer teaching at weekends. As usual all workshops are suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced students. 

To book a place on a workshop email suekirkwillowbaskets@outlook.com  To secure your place we ask for a full payment for the workshop. You can pay by bank transfer or by cheque, your payment can be refunded if cancel two weeks before the date of the workshop. Please email for bank details. If you want to pay by cheque, pop it in the post along with a booking form

We also have gift vouchers available for Christmas and Birthdays, please email for details.

 

WORKSHOP CHANGES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Our workshops are now up and running again and we will be following new health and safety guidelines.

* Maximum of 6 students per workshop. Each student will have their own personal socially distanced work area and bench.

* We advise that students wear face shields, masks or scarves during the workshops but this is not compulsory . As your tutor i shall be wearing a face shield throughout the class.

* Work areas, tools and equipment will be deep cleaned before and after each class. If you have your own tools, please bring them along.

* For the time being we can no longer provide lunch, cake, biscuits and drinks. Instead students are asked to bring their own lunches, snacks and drinks.

  • We have hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available for use throughout the workshop. 
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ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

Each class has a specific technique for you to learn. Projects are seasonal and willow is specifically selected for these different structures. Also learn how to select and prepare the willow when making these structures. Cost is £80 per day, includes materials, bring your own lunch. 10am - 4.30pm

LIVING WILLOW PLAITED TREES

Monday 1st March.

Using freshly cut green willows grown organically here in King's Cliffe weave your own living willow tree. You can take home 3-5 trees in a day.

PLANT SUPPORTS FOR YOUR GARDEN

Monday 26th April

Monday 28th June

You can make 2 willow plant supports in one day. You can choose to make the beginners 'banded' support which can range from 4'-6' tall. Or the more advanced 'spiral' support. You can make smaller supports for pots. Or make cloches to support peonies or delphiniums.

PHEASANT, GOOSE OR RUNNER DUCK SCULPTURE

Monday 27th September

There is an extra £15 cost for your metal frame and wooden stand. Choose from a pheasant, goose or duck sculpture. Each sculpture has a 6mm or 8mm metal frame (provided) which is secured into a log stand. Learn how to weave over the frame adding texture and detail using a variety of coloured willows. You can also learn how to use the willow effectively to give a fluid-like finish to your sculpture.

ASYMMETRIC BASKET

Monday 25th October

These contemporary style baskets originate from a design created by Polish Basketmaker, Mr Stanislaw. As a beginner you can make one of these baskets in a day. The beautiful border is easier than it looks and the end results are stunning.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Monday 29th November

You can expect to go home with a handful of beautiful willow decorations for your home and garden. Over the years we have gathered together a variety of our favourite Christmas designs such as Scandinavian style stars, wreaths, spheres, tiny reindeer's for your tree and small Christmas trees.  

TWO DAY BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

BASKETMAKING
Spend two days submerged in basketmaking! Use a variety of Somerset willows and King’s Cliffe willows to make traditional or contemporary baskets. For example, beginners can make a small round basket with a handle, while intermediate/advanced students can make log baskets or practice oval or square work with more advanced techniques such as partitions, lids, handles or fastenings.

Cost £160 includes materials, tea and coffee. 10 am till 4.30pm.

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd April 2021

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November

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SCULPTURE

Spend two creative days weaving large or small scale sculpture of your choice. You can work on figurative or non-figurative pieces for your garden or home. Learn how to build a framework and weave using the interlace technique over a metal armature. Practice using willow effectively to build form and fluid surface textures. Place your order for frame/s when you book.

If you want to purchase additional frames, we have a small selection in stock throughout the year.

Costs for metal frames (please place your order in advance of the workshop):

Large frame (stag or deer) £15
Medium frame (sheep/goat/pig) £10
Complex frames (leaping hare in a log stand / fox) £18
Bird frame in log stand (heron/goose/pheasant) £15

Call or email to discuss any design ideas you might have, an individual steel frame can be made for you, but costs vary according to size and complexity. Cost per adult £160 , young adult (12-18yrs £100).

Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July

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PLUM HANDBAGS WITH JUSTIN CAPP

We are delighted to have local leather craftsman, Justin Capp , join us on these two day workshops. Over lockdown 2020 I worked with Justin designing and creating a range of willow and leather handbags. The Plum and Plaited Plum are perfect for a day out to carry your water bottle, phone and snack. Learn how to weave a small oval (intermediates) or round (beginners) plum handbag on the first day and then on the second day add leather handles to your basket. Techniques include cutting, edge bevelling, burnishing, the mystery braid (for the plaited plum) and copper saddler's rivets.

Cost £160 per person , includes materials and refreshments.

 

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th March

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th September

VISITING BASKETRY TUTORS TO THE OLD BREWERY STUDIOS

This year we are thrilled to be hosting workshops by two leading basketmakers, Francois Desplanches from France and Nadine Anderson from Ely , near Cambridge. Keep an eye on the website for the dates of these workshops to be announced. Or you can email me if you would like to be contacted regarding the dates of the workshops .

In the future we aim to continue inviting prestigious basketmakers to our workshop to offer you the opportunity to weave the finest craftspeople and design makers from Europe. Many of these workshops will be aimed at intermediate to advanced makers, the skills level of the workshop will be made clear when advertised. 

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THREE DAY WORKSHOPS

These three day workshops are created so that you can spend time working on a project of your choice. You may wish to improve on a technique by repeating a certain basket or weave or you could remake a favourite basket. If you are a beginner you can relax and weave at a slower pace on a traditional or contemporary basket. Intermediate or advanced weavers may wish to use the opportunity to try a more challenging technique.

Alternatively, you can concentrate on sculpture or structures for your garden. I can help you with designs or you may be inspired by an item at the workshop.

There is a maximum of 6 students on the course. I can provide details of local guest houses , at the moment lunch is not provided until coronavirus restrictions are lifted. We start at 10 am and finish at 5pm.

Cost £240 per person. Materials are not included in the cost of the workshop, on average materials costs can range between £15 and £30.

Spring School 29th, 30th and 31st March

Mid-Spring School 26th, 27th and 28th May

Summer School 28th , 29th and 30th July

Autumn School 27th, 28th and 29th October

TUESDAY WORKSHOPS

Come along to one or a set of three Tuesday workshops, held one day a month. They are open workshops, so you can work on any project of your choice. If you have booked 3 Tuesdays in a row you may wish to work on a larger basket or something more complex to complete in the three weeks.

Cost £80 per day, or book 3 Tuesdays in a block for £200. Includes materials and refreshments, bring your own lunch. 10am – 4.30pm

Tuesday 23rd March

Tuesday 20th April

Tuesday 18th May

Tuesday 22nd June

Tuesday 20th July

Tuesday 21st September

Tuesday 5th October

Tuesday 19th October

Tuesday 23rd November

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CHRISTMAS OPEN DAY AND POP UP SHOP

You are invited to the Old Brewery Studios Christmas Open Day on Saturday 5th December 2020 . 9am- 5pm.

Our workshop will then be open as a shop Monday- Saturday 9am-5pm from 7th - 23rd December.

We are closed on Sundays.

We will be selling traditional and contemporary baskets and also a variety of structures for your garden, such as plant climbers, cloches, bird feeders.

We also have a selection of basketry tools and books for sale.....plus, small bird sculpture weaving kits.

We also have gift vouchers available for workshops.

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